The History of Grapevine
Did you know the Grapevine mirrors the Fellowship by publishing members' stories of recovery from alcoholism in print, audio, apps and online? It was started by a group of six volunteers in June 1944 as a newsletter for AA's in the New York City area. Bill W. and the editors soon saw that it had a broader potential for unifying widespread groups and letting the public know about the program. Bill called for a magazine that "reflects, as accurately as possible, The Voice of all AA." The groups liked it and called it, the "Meeting in Print."
-Taken from The A.A. Service Manual S89
The Nature of the Magazine
When Grapevine was a year old, Bill W. told readers, "We of the Grapevine once more affirm that this is your periodical. I will be the vehicle for your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences and your aspirations - if you care to make it that.
As a basic editorial statement, those words still hold true. The Steps, Traditions, and Concepts are the magazines, and Grapevine articles articulate these unchanging principles through the current experiences and informed opinions of individual members/writers.
-Taken from The A.A. Service Manual S90